Hezekiah , king of Judah, succeeded his father Ahaz about 727 B. C, when he was 25 years old, died about 698. Following the injunctions of the prophet Isaiah, on his accession he took measures to break up the idolatrous customs into which the people had fallen during the life of his father, and to repair the losses and defeats they had suffered. Early in his reign the Assyrians invaded the neighboring kingdom of Israel, and carried away the ten tribes to provinces beyond the Tigris; but notwithstanding the power and threats of the conquerors, Hezekiah refused to acknowledge subjection to Assyria, or to pay the tribute which had been imposed and paid during the reign of his father. In consequence of this, the Assyrian king Sennacherib invaded his kingdom; but after various exploits his army met with a sudden destruction, and the survivors precipitately retreated. About this time he was seized by a dangerous illness, the unexpected recovery from which he celebrated in a poetical " writing " preserved in the book of Isaiah (xxxviii.). A messenger having been sent by the king of Babylon to compliment him on his restoration to health, the king of Judah displayed before him his accumulated treasures; and for this he was informed by Isaiah that from Babylon, and not from Assyria, would come the ruin and captivity of Judah. He ended his reign in peace.